Pubdate: Fri, 09 Jan 2004
Source: Kennebec Journal (ME)
Address: 274 Western Ave., Augusta, ME 04330
Fax: (207) 623-2220
Copyright: 2004 Blethen Maine Newspapers Inc
Author: Scott Russ


The war against medical marijuana is not about protecting patients (Q&A, 
Dec. 28, 2003). It is about ignorance and politics.

Smoking marijuana is not the only way it can be ingested. Patients can 
vaporize it, make tinctures or use it in teas and food items, so the 
harmful effects of smoking are no excuse for our government's actions.

We are now getting reports of studies from several nations, including our 
own, confirming the successful use of cannabinoids to treat muscular 
sclerosis, epilepsy, cancer and other sicknesses.

Other nations are distributing cannabis and cannabis-based medications via 
prescription to those who benefit from its use. In America, we incarcerate 
those who try to alleviate their pain and suffering by using cannabis.

It is no coincidence that our brain is filled with cannabinoid receptors. 
Humans were meant to use this natural medicine and our government will one 
day be held accountable for prosecuting sick and dying Americans.

Scott Russ

Baton Rouge, La.
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